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1. ### Engineering Questions about applying for positions while I'm still an Undergraduate

I've been working for a company I helped start for the last 10 months. In that time I've built quite a powerful product, which has attracted recruiters on Linkedin to offer me their time. Some of them have been exceptionally tantalizing. Right now, my company is finding it's way to being able to...
2. ### Probabilities for two spin systems interacting in isolation

Generalizing to N total spins in A' with n being up and N-n being down and finding P-/P+, while simplifying some things, just produced too neat an answer for me to be happy with given the rest of the homework. I guess we got some easy problems then. No biggie. I'm so used to working in...
3. ### Probabilities for two spin systems interacting in isolation

When A points up the total number of states is 3, as A always remains +, and there are three combinations of two + and 1 - in A'. So P+ is 3/4 When A points down, we need to conserve energy, so all 3 of A' spins go to +. There is then only one configuration, (-|+++) so P- is 1/4 I did offer...
4. ### Probabilities for two spin systems interacting in isolation

Homework Statement Consider a system A consisting of a spin 1/2 having magnetic moment ##\mu_0##, and another system A' consisting of 3 spins 1/2 each having magnetic moment ##\mu_0##. Both systems are located in the same magnetic field B . The systems are placed in contact with each other so...
5. ### Other Books on Data/Error Analysis

I'm looking for a good reference book on data analysis techniques for science (namely physics) that has a lot of programming applications and some decent error analysis coverage. Right now I'm analyzing large datasets of telescope arrays and would like something to learn from as this is my...
6. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I've been thinking a lot over the last few weeks about this without posting. The main reason I posted was to be challenged, and maybe garner some ideas from all of you. I believe I'm more on the other side now in the following way: Community Colleges changing their curriculum, while pragmatic...
7. ### Stargazing Where's your favorite place to stargaze?

I'm planning a trip for next year that takes me to at least one place where I can get a good view of the sky with a telescope I'm buying this Christmas. I could just google "best stargazing spots" but I thought it would be more fun to ask you awesome people where you go when you want to get that...
8. ### Collection of Science Jokes P2

Integration is the pillow talk of mathematics :)
9. ### Collection of Science Jokes P2

Ah yeah mathematics girl. I'm like ##e^{2x}##; you can differentiate me all night long, and I only get bigger.
10. ### What should I expect from 1st year physics?

Picking up some details from elsewhere is all well and good, but you're going to do your best learning under the pressure of the course. It's not overwhelming if you really work hard. Here's what I suggest: 1. Pick up your textbook early and try out some of the problems from chapter 1 and 2...
11. ### Other Availability of funding within different areas of physics

Condensed Matter/Solid State is god right now at my school. Most funding goes there iirc. Particle is in decline at my school (we barely have enough to pay our undergraduates, and even then only some). Astro gets even less than particle (our department is half the size of particle or condensed...
12. ### Let's tell stories

I find so many stories so interesting on here that I thought I'd start a thread where we tell each other our funny/interesting stories from life. They don't have to follow a common theme, just let loose about something! Preferably at least a few paragraphs in length. If it's just a paragraph...
13. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

It's very good to hear that your experiences have led you to the conclusions in your first paragraph. Honestly, I was truly hoping that someone who taught at various levels of mathematics in the past would post here. I do feel as though everything you said is true, and have for the course of...
14. ### Schools Having a hard time deciding where to study physics

Minimize the debt that you personally take on as a result of your degree. That's your number one priority. Something to consider: depending on the state you live in here in America, you may be able to transfer to a 4-year school after 1-1.5 years of study at a CC. My school is one such school...
15. ### Future market restructuring needs to be taken seriously

This is my opinion as well. I am very interested in people like Russ' views who oppose most things relating to welfare and how, if the situation truly arose as predicted, they would help (or not help) the people without jobs.
16. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

What do you propose as a solution to the problem if not replacing intermediate algebra with something else to, as you suggested, work out the mind? Or do you believe these numbers for CC graduation/transfer rates to be sustainable/acceptable?
17. ### Future market restructuring needs to be taken seriously

Nobody seems to have given much discussion to what should be done if low skill jobs see a dramatic downturn. Russ and others have said some things, but nothing fleshed out as to what to do with the unemployed in the worst case scenario. I'd be curious to hear what others think about a situation...
18. ### Courses Calc III and Solid State Physics courses in same semester?

It all depends on how you manage your time. My object oriented class took me 5-10 hours a week. Calc 3 took me 10 hours easy. Electronics and SSP can both take similar time scales. If you think you can put in 40-50 hours a week plus class time without getting burned out go for it. If not, you...
19. ### Studying Prioritizing classes without sacrificing quality

This is bascially how I feel about it. It takes a little sifting, but ultimately can be very useful at picking out a good professor, and can be less useful in identifying a bad professor.
20. ### Programs Should I or Should I not pursue a postgraduate degree in physics

This question gets asked here once every week or two I think, lol. So first, a good bit of advice is to take a look at other posts and see how our veteran posters respond. It's usually good advice. I assume you would be considering pursuing a PhD in Physics. You'll still have plenty of...
21. ### Studying Prioritizing classes without sacrificing quality

I always take the negatives with a grain of salt. But when I see a prof rated above average >2.5, the advice tends to correspond very well.
22. ### Courses Mechanics / E&M / Multivariable Calc / Diff EQ Self Study

To add to this: MITocw has video lectures for all these courses. And practice exams as well. Although the physics lectures are on youtube under a different channel. Search for "walter lewin 8.01" for mechanics.
23. ### Studying Prioritizing classes without sacrificing quality

I know this may sound silly, but go onto your university's subreddit if it has one and ask about manageable gen-eds. Or just ask other students in person. Or just look for something interesting to take and investigate the professor. It's most modern day students bread and butter to check...
24. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Imagine you got a GED, now imagine you waited 5-10 years after you got that GED to go to college. That's a very common story in CC's. Transfers in my school aren't as common as Cali. I think of the thousands of students we have only a handful make it to a 4 year school. I need to look up...
25. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I feel like some healthy conversation is happening here, but let me highlight something some in the discussion seem to not understand: CC's are not meant to be like universities, or high school, or anything else. They are their own thing with similar but different goals about educating. Many of...
26. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Ah, ok. I saw OP and assumed thread OP. My b.
27. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Wat? Uh, I said it on page 1 dude:
28. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I think we agree when it comes to that quote and it's meaning. However, again, I would like to emphasize that whatever value you seem to perceive as being taken away by reducing the math requirement, can easily be amended and then some with more pragmatic skills being added as a graduation...
29. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I actually wasn't, but that is a good point :)
30. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Now we're getting somewhere. I am curious then, not in a passive aggressive way, how you see the role of education. And if you believe that the role of education is to be highly competitive and difficult to achieve, what do you suggest that low skill workers do to gain the skills to move up the...
31. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

You'd be surprised what someone who's taken College Algebra is capable of, and what someone who's taken Intermediate Algebra is not. I believe you, like others, overvalue what is being taught in the class. And I will have to disagree that it requires more than college algebra to be able to work...
32. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

This is why we opened a tutoring center at our school specifically for math, where I worked for two years. People who took to those tutoring sessions were much more likely to pass with a C in a course. It was ours, and I assume, California's initial response to the problem. But with thousands of...
33. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I see your point, but nobody is suggesting that intermediate algebra not be offered to students, just that it shouldn't be mandatory. AND that we should replace the unnecessary portions of the class with practical skills. As I said earlier, learning how to code a spreadsheet is way more...
34. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Correct, I don't think I suggested anything to the contrary.
35. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

I agree and discussed this earlier, but this is a problem that CC's have to address now, as I'll show next. That's not what I'm saying or suggesting in either statement here. You keep assuming I want to get rid of Intermediate Algebra without adding something back. I made this point earlier...
36. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Course Syllabi for math classes in my county's CC: https://webapps.ccac.edu/mastersyllabi/GetCourses/tabid/57/Default.aspx?subject=MAT The typical sequence for non-STEM majors is MATH 080, MATH 090, and MATH 108. You can test out of one or all of the classes. But will be required to take one...
37. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Except I would argue the problem isn't that requirements are being relaxed in K-12 schools, it's that they're being thrown out all together. It's like this: a student in a low income school is a problem to a class, the teacher doesn't want them repeating, so they just straight up pass the...
38. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Ah that's good to hear. My schools and others in PA have a requirement of at least one class above College Algebra. It is interesting to hear that's not a national standard. I get what you're trying to say. Really it's not like it hasn't crossed my mind that people are just lazy and refuse to...
39. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

Requirements for all degrees at community college usually boils down to one of three things: 1. Pass intermediate algebra with a D or greater (The buildup to this can be upwards of 3 courses: Arithmetic, College Algebra, Intermediate Algerba) 2. Pass a math class specific to your degree (a...
40. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

/ Can you tell me what value is added to someone who wants to be a physical therapist by being able to reduce a rational expression? An argument can easily be made that everyone uses math regularly, it's the level of which we require math to be mastered that's the issue. But how does being able...
41. ### Should Algebra Be Required At Community Colleges?

http://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.3.20170728a/full/ The chancellor of the California Community Colleges system believes that students who are not majoring in math or science should not have to take intermediate algebra to earn an associate degree. California has the largest...
42. ### Programs Looking for a minor with a Civil Engineering major

For skill sets, can't go wrong with Computer Science. Being able to program effectively at a level higher than the MATLAB stuff you usually do has a myriad of positives and no negatives. MechE or Physics might teach you some useful stuff. And Math is a lot of fun. I have a Civil Engineering...
43. ### Energy Conservation: Puck on Wood on Frictionless Surface

If it's a minimal initial velocity to get off the plate than what should the velocity be as it just barely gets off the plate? However, you have another problem, the board should also be moving with the puck due to the friction. Edit: Here's a clue, the answer to many of these kinds of two...
44. ### Studying Sharing class notes

You're not helping them in the long run by spoon feeding them what they were too lazy to acquire. Even if you did it now and said this shouldn't ever happen again, students who are already skipping 5 lectures a semester aren't going to suddenly change, and they'll likely just skip more and ask...
45. ### Programs Physics Major, EE Minor

Dang that bites dude. Physics does still give you a lot of skills to get a job in industry, assuming you have some supplementary stuff. Namely programming and electronics, both things you've probably become quite familiar with. Given your situation, I'd argue EE is better suited to your needs...
46. ### Programs Physics Major, EE Minor

Find a school that will pay you? Or are you stuck at your location?
47. ### Programs Physics Major, EE Minor

Lol, where did you hear that most masters don't receive funding? The opposite is true. If you don't get an offer for tuition waiving and a stipend it's basically just the school politely denying you. There's very few Engineering grads at my school without a stipend and no tuition.
48. ### Programs Physics Major, EE Minor

Fwiw, you don't need a minor in EE to get into grad school for EE. 1/3 of the EE graduate students in my school were physics majors. As long as you take an electronics course a lot of schools will let you come in for a masters and for your first year let you take undergrad courses. Get some...
49. ### Other Inadequacy in physics

Classes are one way to learn, and depending on the professor, student, school, etc. you may come away feeling like you haven't learned much. I didn't understand astronomy very well and what it entailed at all until I started doing research in it. A lot of times I'd come away from a class feeling...
50. ### Engineering Safeguarding Self Against Automation in Career

Hi all, For those of you who work in field like software engineering, data analysis, and other tech industries, what measures have taken to make sure you'll always have a job in the face of automation. I know at my core what I would want to do if academia isn't an option after my PhD is work in...